Love Reigned

by Kathleen Martin

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[Headphones suggested] A remaster of LR was in the works for a while, but given recent world events, it seems today is the right time to post this. My birthday wish is for everyone on the planet to have a "rocky shore experience" ultimately allowing love to reign over all hate.

The original release of this—my first fully realized singer-songwriter original—was in July 2013, just prior to JT's gift of a Yamaha keyboard synth. So the instruments performed here include 2 intertwining vibraphone parts on Korg keyboard, a bongo beat throughout, Epiphone drones for the "bass" end, 2 intertwining melodica parts, touches of harmonica, and an ending of metal kitchen trays struck with a cloth-covered meat tenderizer for those "gong" sounds. It opens with a marimba loop and, along the way, picks up conga and hi-hat loops I D/Led from online to painstakingly copy/paste into track layers.

Somewhere in answering original SoundCloud track comments, I noted my lead vocal here was merely a draft run-through done sitting down, desktop miked while a ceiling fan whirled above just to see how my lyrics matched up with marimba the way through. I got a bit verklempt when singing of the very personal mystical experience at the rocky shore and, otherwise as well, the main vocal is not my strongest. I considered rerecording it back then and also for this remaster, but decided the vulnerability heard in my draft vocal actually helps convey the power of personal experience. A big thank-you to JT's Audacity for boosting bass and volume in this final version and shout-outs to Ion Bodi and Marty Lucas for providing their ears and valuable input along the way. Peace xxxooo


LOVE REIGNED © 2013 Kathleen A. Martin

I had settled in the City of Angels,
But a lucifer whisked me away
To a Second City, so windy, no pity.
Soon he left me one fall day.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a dark and a hard time on my way to you.

All alone and on edge in Evanston,
Edge of winter and of the Lake;
As the nights grew longer, my hurt grew stronger.
My heartbeat kept me awake.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a dark and a hard time on my way to you.

Came a day in May at the waterside:
The tears spilling down my face
Turned from pain to joy on that rocky shore
Within a flow of a glorious grace.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a right and a light time on my way to you.

I felt love washing all around me
Deep connection to every thing.
To each grain of sand, to the family of man
And every atom in between.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a right and a light time—I' m coming to you.

I floated home to my carriage house
With a great grin for all I greet
That's returned in kind, and now forgiven behind
Me is that devil in his defeat.
That was a time past passed through.
Such a right and a light time—I'm on my way to you.
[On my way to you/ On my way to you / On my way to you
I'm on my way to you / I'm coming to you / Coming to you]

[Dedicated to Lasse & Vera 2013]


released March 30, 2016
All vocals and instruments (with some percussion loops programmed) by Kathleen Martin. Original release date July 2013




Kathleen Martin New Albany, Indiana

For music fans who think outside the boxy confines of genre labels, find here my original work arranged for and performed on a variety of instruments for sounds ranging from sweet to sassy and reedy to brassy; from lofty to lowdown and soulful to hoedown; from serious to silly and urban to hillbilly. I urge you to click on my production notes/lyrics before or as you push play. ☼♥ ... more

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